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White House Issues Executive Order that Better Informs Air Travelers with Disabilities

October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 – President Obama announced new actions to spur competition in the airline industry and give consumers the information they need to make informed choices, and the Department of Transportation announced the enhanced protections for air travelers and actions to promote airline competition. These actions are a result of an executive order issued by President Obama directing federal agencies to identify specific actions to relieve undue burdens on competition and better inform consumers. The White House estimates that more than 700 million passengers are expected to board 9 million domestic airline flights in America this year.

These actions include new protections for air travelers with disabilities. For air transportation taking place on or after January 1, 2018, the largest U.S. airlines will be required to report on the number of mishandled wheelchairs and scooters that are enplaned in the aircraft cargo so that air travelers with disabilities can easily compare carriers and make informed travel decisions. You can read more about the new requirements in the final rule . Read the full press release by the White House here.

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